ELSEWHERE: Should Churches Alter Their Worship Texts?

In addition to theological issues, the PCUSA's decision to not include "In Christ Alone" in their new hymnal relates to another issue, that of how churches should handle copyrighted worship materials. Or so claims Steve Thorngate, who performed an informal survey of church and worship leaders and found that a significant number will use songs for which they don't have the proper licenses, or will regularly change the words to suit their purposes. Though a seemingly trivial issue, Thorngate's a … [Read more...]

Does Faster Church make for Better Church?

In Reaching for the Invisible God, Philip Yancey describes visiting a Russian prison that had its own chapel (a rarity at the time). One of the men in Yancey's party asked the priest, Brother Bonifato, to say a prayer for the prisoners there. Yancey describes the elaborate process that soon unfolded. "A prayer? You want a prayer?" Brother Bonifato asked, and we nodded. He disappeared behind the altar at the end of the room. He brought out another icon of the Lady Who Takes Away Sadness, which … [Read more...]

What Memes Mean: The Muddle Of Wrong Worship

Each Wednesday in What Memes Mean, Kirk Bozeman questions the significance, humor, and subtexts of viral videos, memes, and other Internet fads.Modern worship leaders have a knack for incessantly reminding congregations that real worship is more than just cool music and singing songs on Sundays, which is the general message of this video.  Sometimes these reminders are a constant thread in morning worship diatribes, with Romans 12:1 reluctantly breaking its way in towards the end.  I’ve ofte … [Read more...]